He's No Mike Bishop
The soon-to-be ex-Senate GOP Leader Mr. Bishop was loathed to even
whisper the term "revenue increase" during his rocky tenure as head
hancho in the upper house.
So what does the leader in-waiting utter on the first day of his
"I don't think anything is off the table completely," and that
includes new revenue.
Stop the presses!
Note that the Monroe Republican is not endorsing finding new money
to help wipe out next year's $1.6 billion sea of red ink, but the fact
that he won't remove it from the table is hugely significant.
And the newly installed senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer
could not be happier. The East Lansing senator never had much of a
working relationship with the aforemention Mr. B. but she says she can
work with Richardville who is "more open."
She favors closing tax loopholes to raise new revenue.
Richardville has not blessed that but he was asked about getting to
the point in next year's budget showdown where some additional dollars
might be needed and he replied, "I think that's fair. Yeah. We have
to look at everything."
Now Mr. Snyder, the new gov on the block, has not joined in this
chorus, but there are those in this town who believe it's only a matter
of time before he joins Dandy Randy in chatting about all this.
To date the governor-elect has only said that it is his "goal" to
avoid a revenue increase. "Goal" is a carefully chosen word and
everyone has that as an objective. But the former CPA can add and he
might not get to 56 house and 20 senate votes to pass an all cuts
Whitmer predicts he can't do it.
Richardville warns his new GOP caucus with not "lead" with a
revenue hike, and that makes sense, but at the end of the day, they
might go there.
And for Democrats who want new revenue, they'll take that to the
bank because "might" is a lot more than they ever got out of Mr. Bishop.